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    Re: 11x14 camera build attempt - Questions

    What a beauty. Nice work.
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    Re: Economical Continuous Lighting

    After some research, I ordered some modern Godox lights from B&H. They seem to cover all of the bases and are cheaper than old Arri's.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Re: Economical Continuous Lighting

    I've actually been faking it with a portable quartz halogen work light, which I suspect is the same bulb as that. Maybe I just need some diffusers.
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    Economical Continuous Lighting

    I am working on a slit-scan photography project and I am realizing it would be really helpful to have good control of the lighting since there are so many other funky variables involved. Slit-scan...
  5. Re: Generic inkjet Roll Photo Paper Recommendations

    I might get some cut sheets of the HP gloss.

    Thanks for the tip on varnishing the prints
  6. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Paul, you can kind of use anything that will hold water and put glass in the bottom if it's not smooth. It has to be /really/ smooth if you're going to let the wet emulsion touch it.

    I have moved...
  7. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I've also been struggling to find a bare red safe light bulb that won't fog HR-U. I have tried four so far with no success. For posterity here's what doesn't work:

    - Halco 11W Red Safelight Bulb,...
  8. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    In my hunt for a better solution than my X-ACTO guillotine for cutting X-ray film, I have a couple of paper cutter reviews to share.

    First I tried a fancy Dahle 552 rotary trimmer:...
  9. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I've been struggling with scratches from handling, cutting and loading Fuji HR-U film. Some people seem to have an easy time with this while others claim that if you so much as look at the film it...
  10. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    That's a nice photo. Sometimes developing defects add character to art.
  11. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I hear you about not re-inventing the wheel, but for me anyway, I don't have the safelight fixture and gel that you have. It would be convenient to have a bare bulb that just works for all of the...
  12. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I haven't tested the Lowe's bulb so this is just a guess, but based on my experience with two other red LEDs and HR-U film, I think 1A red filter you have in front of the bulb might be important.
  13. Re: Generic inkjet Roll Photo Paper Recommendations

    Sergey, thanks for the recommendations. I ordered some Canson Platine. It would be nice to have some cheaper paper too. They don't make the HP paper in 17" rolls. Any suggestions for cheap and still...
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    Good questions. Ideally, I'd get a sampler pack and go from there. With silver halide photo paper, I like glossy fiber and semi-gloss RC paper with minimal texture. I could see using a matte fiber...
  15. Generic inkjet Roll Photo Paper Recommendations

    Is there a forum favorite for generic / cheaper than Epson inkjet roll paper?
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    Re: Digital file to B&W negative

    Andrew, I think you answered my question here, but I want to clarify. My application is large digital negatives for albumen prints.

    Epson offers rolls of inkjet transparency film for about 3x the...
  17. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Hey Paul & seezee, just so you know I have found those superbright LEDs to be unsafe for x-ray film unless they are very distant from the work area. I'm using them now bounced off the rear wall of...
  18. Re: Test Targets for Dialing in B&W Development

    ic-racer,

    For the ASA method, how does development time play in?
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    Doremus and ic-racer, thanks for the tips. I'll try both directions.

    I think I need better control of the lighting. The tricky part is that the film responds differently to different light...
  20. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Paul, keep in mind that the corners of the X-ray are curved. I like to slice them off when cutting down the negative to size. I'm not sure if that will affect your calculations, but you might lose a...
  21. Test Targets for Dialing in B&W Development

    I've been playing with 510 Pyro with x-ray film and I'm trying to dial in ISO in different types of light, dilutions and development time. I've been creating stacks of the same photo of a sculpture I...
  22. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Thanks Barry! I'll test out 660nm LEDs. A brighter safelight would really make working with the film easier.
  23. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    Hi Paul,

    I'm doing a similar project, working up to 14x17 on x-ray film.

    Here's a recent thread on safelights:...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Tin Can,

    I was referring to the ones that are referenced in this thread (not being safe for x-ray film):
    https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...mens/440/1477/
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    One more data point: the superbright red LEDs are not safe for x-ray film when directly aimed at them or anywhere close. With direct bright exposure from 4', the negatives are nearly black after...
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    Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    Doremus, thanks for the information. This is exactly what I needed to know. I'm happy to have a spare ground glass.

    I made a (possibly temporary) cover glass out of the thin glass from a cheap...
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    Re: Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    I see that Wista makes a protective glass cover with grid lines:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/63483-REG/Wista_211241_Protective_Glass_with_Grid.html

    And they make a glass focusing...
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    Wista Ground Glass Sandwich Question

    My wista 45D came with two layers of ground glass. There is an unlined fresnel that says "Wista" in the corner and is quite bright and sharp by itself. On top of that there's a traditional ground...
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    Re: Avedon

    I happened to be at the 2002 interview he did at the Met. My boss' wife couldn't go and he offered me the ticket at the last minute. At the time, I was interested in photography but didn't know who...
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    Re: Wista Parts - Fine focus lock / tensioner

    Thanks Bob. Very helpful. Sorry to hear about closing your company. I'll try to get in contact with Wista directly.
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    Re: Wista Parts - Fine focus lock / tensioner

    I honestly didn't try. Have you had luck with that? The English language part of their site is quite minimal.

    https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/english.htm

    They list H.P Marketing Corp. as their...
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    Wista Parts - Fine focus lock / tensioner

    I bought a Wista 45D from Japan and both of the tensioner locks snapped off in the mail.

    The seller is offering a partial refund and I'm not sure what a reasonable amount is or how bad this is....
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    The super bright LEDs are back in stock in case anyone was waiting.
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    This morning, I tested some X-ray film with a red LED (in a headlamp) bounced off the ceiling and with direct exposure at close range to the LED.

    I found the film that was exposed to ambient LED...
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    if your LED is small, you can stick ND filters in front of it to precisely control brightness. I've used this trick for preflashing paper negatives using a small desk lamp pointed at the ceiling.
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    Re: Darkroom Safe Light

    Are the super bright LEDs safe for X-Ray film?
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    Re: Home Made 14x17 Developing Tanks

    Jason, thanks for sharing your experience. When you tried this, what did you use to hold the negative in the tank?

    Maybe a pipeline with one negative at a time moving through the process but all...
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    Re: Home Made 14x17 Developing Tanks

    MAubrey, how wide were your tanks? What was different about your hangers compared to x-ray hangers? Were you using X-ray film?
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    Re: Home Made 14x17 Developing Tanks

    I ordered some 11x14 x-ray hangers off ebay. I haven't gotten them yet but I assumed they would hold the negatives top and bottom so they wouldn't flop around. Not so?
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    Home Made 14x17 Developing Tanks

    Hi Folks,

    I am working towards being able to develop 14x17 x-ray film at home. I am thinking of fabricating dip & dunk tanks out of stainless steel and am looking for advice from people who have...
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